Port Augusta West students continue tradition

PRESENTATION: (back) Port Augusta West Primary School students Nate and Ryder, (front) Port Augusta West Preschool students Koben, Iver, Milla, Emma and Alexander.
PRESENTATION: (back) Port Augusta West Primary School students Nate and Ryder, (front) Port Augusta West Preschool students Koben, Iver, Milla, Emma and Alexander.

Port Augusta West Primary School (PAWPS) students have continued their tradition of contributing to the local community by making and donating two wooden benches for the nearby preschool.

Year 6 PAWPS students Ryder Harding and Nate Harrison made and varnished the outdoor benches for Port Augusta West Childhood Services Centre as part of the woodwork mentoring group.

The benches will enhance the preschool's excellent outdoor adventure play area and continue the close relationship between primary school and preschool.

Nate and Ryder attended a handover ceremony for the benches at the preschool at the end of term 3, where the benches survived a vigorous test-drive by the enthusiastic young students.

"We are pleased to have the benches donated to the centre, the children enjoy sitting together and having a chat," Kindergarten director Natalie Dukarich said.

"The time and effort the school children have put into their project is amazing, on behalf all of the children and staff thank you very much."

Bench builders Nate and Ryder said while the project was fun, they learned "not everything is going to be that easy".

"Getting to do woodwork was great. It was fun, good to do, it develops some skills as well - how to build," Nate said.

"I like doing stuff for other people," Ryder added.

"It was great to see the kindy kids' faces, and the teachers, and how appreciative it was".

Previous community projects donated by PAWPS students include nesting boxes at the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, and a bird feeder, nesting box, and painting smock hanger, also for the Westside preschool.

The woodwork mentoring group is run by the school Pastoral Care Worker John Bethell, who was extremely proud of the students.

"It's great seeing the kids contribute to the wider community, and have fun making things and developing practical skills at the same time," Mr Bethell said.

"I love the enthusiasm and positive energy which Nate and Ryder brought to this project."